The Long Beach Press Telegram has two items this evening of pranks of the not so funny variety.
Item #1: A 19 year old hacker in Washington state tricked a 911 dispatcher into believing he had killed someone in an Orange County home and was going to kill more, and a SWAT team responded. Of course, there was no threat. The teen was arrested and could face 18 years in state prison.
Surprisingly, this sort of prank has become so common the FBI’s Los Angeles cyber crimes unit says there’s a name for it: “swatting.”
Item #2: On Sunday afternoon, the Southwest and US Airways terminal at LAX was evacuated for two hours after one passenger joked to another about explosives in his checked luggage. He is now in custody and being questioned by the Feds.